Fire Department recognized as EMS Service of the Year, Duckworth and Paproski earn individual honors

The Ridgefield Fire Department and two of its members — Rommie Duckworth and Nick Paproski — have had their achievements in emergency medical care recognized, first by Danbury Hospital and then by the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen.

“When the ambulance shows up at your house, it’s like the emergency room showing up,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the June 5 selectmen’s meeting.

“The Ridgefield Fire Department was recognized as the EMS service of year,” Fire Chief Jerry Myers told the selectmen in a memorandum on honors to Ridgefield at Danbury Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service Recognition dinner, during National EMS Week in May.

“This award is presented to the service that is noted to consistently work to improve their patient care through education and the service as a whole,” he said. “The service should actively look for ways to recruit and retain their volunteers or employees, and have a proven track record of improvement.”

Two Ridgefield Fire Department members received individual awards.

“Captain Rommie Duckworth received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award,” Chief Myers said. “This award recognizes an individual who by their actions and innovative thinking contributed to expanding the future of the EMS field.”

He added that the award honors people whose “contributions to pre-hospital care have been consistent and long-lasting, representing a lifetime of outstanding service to the profession and the public.”

And Firefighter Nick Paproski was recognized as the Ridgefield Fire Department’s EMS Provider of the Year.

“Fire-Medic Paproski was recognized for his excellence in emergency medical care, and his commitment to education both for himself and other providers through well-prepared and delivered educational presentations,” Chief Myers said. “His research and investigations into emerging trends in EMS were also noted.”